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Do I look like I’m kidding?

This week we are supposed to make a promo poster (or something like it) for DS106 Radio. I decided to take an angry picture of McNulty and kind of make the poster like a threat. “You’re going to do this or else…” kind of thing. Here is what I came up with:

Do I look like I'm kidding? #ds106 #ds106radio #promoposter #wire106

How I did it:

I found the picture of McNulty here by googling “The Wire Cast” or something along those lines. This one stood out to me, one because it was one of the larger pictures (and higher quality), and two because of the angry look on his face. I knew with that look that I could make it a threatening poster. I saved the photo and opened it in GIMP. I then added the text–the top is CF Jack Story (from and the bottom is Colors of Autumn (also from I was going to do the top in Colors of Autumn also but the numbers looked like they were straight out of Times New Roman so I decided against that. I resized and moved them around until I got the effect that I wanted. I tried to do drop shadows (by hand using the airbrush tool) but they didn’t turn out as well as I would have hoped. I do think that the text is pretty readable though since the background is so dark.

Design Blitz(krieg Bop)

Here are my images for the DesignBlitz this week and the elements that they represent (or mess up) in my eyes.

#typography #designblitz #ds106


Typography is supposed to be bringing words to life. The reason I like this sign is because you can see how the word “love” is emphasized. In this case it is emphasized using color. I also like how it is simple and the font is simple, so is the style it was typed in–middle justified. The repetition–due to the simple nature of the words–also emphasizes the simplicity of it. I also like how Ephesians 3:17-19 is in brackets and is significantly smaller than the rest of the fonts. It emphasizes the fact that it is an “afterthought” kind of. It shows that it isn’t part of the main text.

#unity #designblitz #ds106


Unity is the relationship between independent parts of the picture and the picture as a whole. To me–and probably not to others–this picture represents unity. The unity is not only visual, but is also in the context of the picture. This is a picture of me (taken by a former teammate) at my scrimmage on Saturday. The visual unity is obvious, the bat meeting the ball. It is also in the fact that everything is facing the ball–not only my head, shoulders, hips, hands, etc…but everyone else’s eyes as well. The unity in the context: this scrimmage was the culmination of everything I (and my team) have worked on this fall. Everything coming together as one with a good end result (a double)!

#balance #designblitz #ds106


Balance is equilibrium. I figured that my field would be balanced, especially looking out from behind home plate. Well, it turns out that the Eagles Softball in center field isn’t exactly in the middle. So that kind of messed up my balance idea. I still think it is a pretty balanced picture besides that. This is pretty much the most balanced picture I could think of.

#color #designblitz #ds106


Color creates mood and draws attention. I would say that this sunset picture definitely draws attention to the focal point of the picture–the actual sunset. I don’t like that it was a little blurry but I was in a car so it was hard to get a clear picture that actually showed the colors. Obviously this picture does it no justice, but it is still pretty. I also like that it isn’t the whole sky that is lit up in color. I like the contrast between the yellow and pink and the grey of the sky and clouds above it.

Daniels is Patient: Take Two

After Groom’s suggestion that I make my “Six Word Memoir” (2 stars) for Daniels more memorable, I got a little more creative with it.

How I did it:

Welllll, first I imported this picture of Daniels into GIMP. Then I went to Filters>Artistic>Cartoon to make Daniels cartoonified. I messed with the slidey things until I thought the picture looked cool. Then I tried to add text and mess with it, but then I realized that I don’t know how to mess with the text in GIMP. So after messing with it for a few minutes and figuring out that I don’t know how, I decided to export the picture of Daniels. I then opened Microsoft Word and imported the picture of Daniels in there. I used Word Art to put the words onto the picture, messing with it until it looked cool to me. I added drop shadows to try to make the words stand out more (that is also why I used red font). Hopefully it is more memorable this time! I zoomed in so the picture was big and then screen shotted it and copied and pasted it back into Word. I saved it as a picture and cropped it in Microsoft Photo Editor. Since it is my second attempt at the same assignment I didn’t re-upload it to Twitter, Flickr, and the Hub but it’ll be on here.

Here was my first attempt:

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

And here is the new and improved version:

daniels patience 2

I really love his facial expression in this picture. He is kind of telling you that he is patient by the way he is looking at you. My coach gives people this look all the time. The one where they could keep listening to you blabber but they’d rather not. I am happy with how this one turned out (definitely more than the other one). I hope you like it too!

Down Home American Kids

For my final design assignment I did “Lyric Typography Poster” (3.5 stars). I did “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney. In case you haven’t been able to tell by this point, I really like that song. It also has some vivid words that I figured I could find good fonts and could think of cool things to do with the words for.

How I did it:

I actually used Microsoft Word for this, which is my go to in case you haven’t yet figured that out. I used word art. I actually downloaded three new fonts for this project from They were CF Jack Story, USA Flag, and Baby Blocks. I had to mess around with the different text effects until I found ones that looked like what I wanted. For the “Jesus” (supposed to look like a cross) I had to make the middle “S” separate from the rest of the word so that I could make it bigger and stretch it out until it looked like a cross. The blue and jean are supposed to look like a pair of pants and I had to mess with their effects and change the tapering so that it looked similar to pants. The rest of them are just the fonts. But I wanted to put them together in a way so that it flowed and it was fairly condensed and I am pretty happy with how it turned out! :)

American Kids Lyric Poster #designassignments #designassignments529

The Wire, Minimalist Style

For my third design assignment this week, I did “Minimalist TV/Movie Poster” (3.5 stars). I chose this because I figured it would be easy to do for The Wire, it’s about drugs.

How I did it:

So I went on The Noun Project and searched “drugs” and came up with Drugs by Ed Harrison which I thought looked good. Then I toyed with the idea of putting the Baltimore skyline in the background but that would defeat the whole minimalist thing. So I went with red because red was a big theme in the first season. All I had to do was resize the drugs picture to fit the red. Then I went on and downloaded a font called Delius and had to restart GIMP so the font would show up. Then I added the words and resized them until they looked good to me. Then I exported it. Unfortunately I forgot that I needed to make it specific to these three episodes so I put it up on Flickr and Twitter and the Hub via Known. Then I realized that I didn’t make it from these three episodes. So I changed the tagline to what Sobotka said in Episode 11, “I need to get clean.”

Here is the finished product:

The Wire: Minimalist Style #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments43

A Secret from Stringer

For my second design assignment this week I went with “DS106 Post Secret” (2 stars). I thought about doing this for myself, but I would rather make an assumption about something that happened in Epsiode 11. So in Episode 11 Stringer meets with Omar because Avon’s crew has been trying to get Omar to come out of the wood work and talk to him. Well he finally agrees to it and what Stringer says is that Brother–the guy Avon brought in from NY to protect their property (the towers, the low rises, etc)–is the one that killed Brandon. What I assume is that Stringer told Omar this so that Omar could sneak up on an unsuspecting Brother and kill him. If this happened then Stringer wouldn’t have to deal with Brother messing up his deal with Proposition Joe. Well there is his problem, Omar didn’t kill Brother immediately, he wanted to make him suffer like Brandon did. So Omar shot Brother and then proceeded to ask him questions and Brother told Omar that he wasn’t the one that killed Brandon; that it wasn’t his style. For some reason Omar believed him (maybe because of what he had heard about Brother previously or encounters that he had with him). So Stringer’s plan (or what I assume his plan was) backfired. But I made this Post Secret for Season 2, Episode 11 of The Wire from Stringer’s point of view.

Stringer's Secret #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments371

I am extremely happy with how this turned out. I feel like it could actually be a PostSecret.

How I did it:

Like the rest of my visual/design assignments, I used GIMP to create this. I found the picture of the gun and imported it into GIMP. Then I found the picture of the paper and imported it into GIMP as a layer on top of the gun. Rather than use one of the boring fonts that I already have on my computer, I decided to get a little creative. I went on and went in the handwriting section and found one that I thought would look similar to Stringer’s handwriting. The one that I chose was Colors of Autumn. So once I had all of that, I created an Alpha Channel for the top picture (the paper). I then proceeded to erase all but a few lines of the paper so all I had was enough room to write the secret on. Then I moved it to where I thought it would fit best on the picture of the gun. Then I went to type and the Colors of Autumn hadn’t shown up in my fonts. So I saved the project, closed out of GIMP and reopened it. When I did this, the font showed up (it hadn’t loaded because I had GIMP opened before I downloaded the font from the internet). So then I typed the secret and changed the size so it fit right on the paper (or at least it looked right to me). Then I exported it and uploaded it to Flickr, Twitter, and the Hub via Known. :)

I’m a Patient Mother F@#$%^

This is going to be a combination post: talking about Season 2, Episode 9 of The Wire and explaining my first visual assignment for the week.

First, a discussion on Episode 9:

Honestly, when I was watching the opening scene I thought it was funny how they were all just throwing up their guns and pulling the trigger because obviously you aren’t going to hit what you want to hit that way–it usually helps if you aim. And when you aim, innocent people don’t generally get shot. He wasn’t even on the ground floor, he was upstairs and got hit by a stray bullet. The mom tries to go about the day as usual, like a gun fight on the street happens all the time. But she can’t because her poor little boy is dead. I did think it was an interesting fade from the mom screaming into the opening song.

The cops know that the dock guys are onto them because they changed the way they were doing business at the warehouse (answering the phone differently) and the fact that Sobotka hasn’t used his cell phone since they intercepted the truck. Freamon doesn’t think the dock guys know for sure that they are onto them and that if they wait it out, they will go back to their old ways–it turns out that he is right. And I love the quote from Daniels: “Well I, for one, am a patient mother f@#$%^.”

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

Stringer and Bodie are talking after the shoot-out and Bodie reiterates to Stringer that no one wants to buy their drugs anymore because they are weak. Stringer is more worried about the cops finding out it was their gang that was part of the shooting so they have to shut down the drug operation until the investigation passes. Stringer tells Bodie to get rid of the guns in the harbor so he cleans them for fingerprints and dumps them…right onto a passing boat. So the cops end up getting them and Bodie is brought in for questioning and he knows he messed up when he looked at the bag. Stringer is not happy with them when he finds out that they didn’t confiscate the bag.

The Greek gave Nicky the number to a drug dealer, White Mike. The Greek said because Nicky is with him now, White Mike will treat him well. White Mike calls Sergei to make sure that it is on him that he is giving Nicky only four, instead of his usual minimum of 5.

When the police came storming into the high rises, the people didn’t really care. But more interestingly, there was a shot of a kid  looking out a window, as the kid that got shot was doing. I think they were kind of showing that it could happen to anyone.

String is taking Proposition Joe up on his offer for drugs in exchange for selling at some of the places that belong to Avon/String. He knows that Avon isn’t going to like his decision. Later in the episode String has the drugs tested to make sure they’re good and they are so he follows through with the deal even though he hasn’t talked to Avon yet. He gets D’s mom (Avon’s sister) to try to talk him into the idea of doing the deal with Prop Joe but he still doesn’t want to do it. And Avon is bringing in muscle from New York for back up. When Avon was talking to Bri to ask her to talk to Avon about the deal, D comes up. Avon says, “I know he didn’t see it comin’, ain’t none of us seen it comin’.” This is ironic because Stringer is the one who had D killed. But D’s mom said she saw it coming so that is why Stringer got away with it, because people believed that D would actually kill himself.

Ziggy says he is done with drugs because he has grown out of it. But he has another “business” idea to make him money fast. He is going to steal the nice cars from the docks and sell them to the guy that they sold the cameras to. I guess the guy agreed to do business with them because Ziggy and the guy with the beard who helped them before were devising a plan on how to get the cars out–had to plan it so it didn’t look like an inside job.

The whole deal with McNulty and the sex hotline thing was funny to me. First he struck out because they thought he was a cop. But then Freamon gave him the idea that the farther away you are from, the less they will suspect that you are a cop so he used a fake accent. I thought it was funny that he had to carry a “murse.” They arrested everyone and McNulty probably was not happy with their timing, just a guess. I also thought it was funny how he was typing up his statement and he was chicken pecking on the keyboard. Rhonda also did not seem happy after reading McNulty’s statement.

Other interesting things from this episode: the younger Greek shared a light with the guy that he was talking to about payments. Prez’s father-in-law is not happy that they are making the case about more than Frank Sobotka but surprisingly the Deputy Ops has Daniels/Rhonda’s back on that.

Design Assignment Numero Uno:

You already got a preview of my first design assignment for the week in the text up top. But here it is again

Yes, Daniels is patient #ds106 #wire106 #designassignments #designassignments947

The assignment I did was “Six Word Memoir” (3 stars). But instead of doing it for me, I decided to do it for Daniels. The quote on there is from this episode of The Wire (which is why I decided to do a combined post for these). It’s not actually a direct quote from him, but it is close and I think it describes him. He is willing to wait for his law career. He was willing to stick it out in the police department for a long time even when everyone treated him like dirt. He was willing to stick it out even after his wife told him to quit. Seems to me like he is patient.

How I did it:

Like many of the other images with words that I make, I used GIMP. It was relatively simple because I have done it so many times now. I did look on to try to find a cool font but none of them were simple enough for what I needed. I wanted a simple, manly looking font but couldn’t find any on there.

So I got the picture from this website and imported it into GIMP as a layer (still not sure if that matters or not). Then I added text to it. Re-positioned, re-colored, and re-sized the text. I also went through the fonts looking for a simple, manly one and ended up going with Gill Sans MT Bold. And I think it is both simple and manly. I then exported the photo and uploaded it to Twitter, Flickr and the Hub via Known. So there you have it, folks.

Minimalism, two for the price of one

So for my final assignment, I went with the “Minimalize your Philosophy” design assignment. I actually did two of them. The first one I made and then I realized that it wasn’t something that pertained to the final episode that I have left to do an assignment for, so I’ll do that one after this one.

My real one:

This one was pretty easy. When I saw the example minimalist philosophy I thought to myself, “Hey, that looks like a PowerPoint slide.” So what did I do? I made Stringer’s minimalist philosophy out of a PowerPoint slide. And here it is:

Stringers slogan


So it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was. I created it in PowerPoint but then when I tried to save it as a picture, it saved as a .png which meant there was no background–I found that out after reading Carmella’s post. So, I had to screen shot it when PowerPoint was open, paste it into Word, and save it as a picture. Then I opened it up with Microsoft Office Picture editor and cropped it there and saved it. That allowed me to post it here.

So there is Stringer’s, but if you have stuck with me this far you deserve a reward. So here is your reward, McNulty’s Minimalist Philosophy.

beer glass with words

It says “Forget it, get drunk” in Irish. I thought it was funny because McNulty is Irish (maybe). I made it with GIMP and the picture came from here. I opened it up as a layer and then added the words, which I got from Google translate. At first I tried to add them all as one but then I couldn’t figure out how to center them and it bothered me that they weren’t centered so I added them all as separate layers and then combined them. It isn’t minimalist in the usual sense but it is simply a glass of beer. That seems minimalist enough for me.